Artists in the hip-hop industry enchant fans with visuals capturing the glitz and glam of life in show biz. While shit might be sweet behind the scenes in other genres of music, life off-camera is real for rappers. You have to move confidently through a landscape heavily populated by goons of all types. Without the right connections, the wolves will come for you and what’s yours. No matter how tough a rapper may be, there’s always someone tougher with a point to prove. In that case, you need a mediator.
In an emcee’s search for a mediator, the name Jojo Capone is destined to come up. Molded by Chicago’s intricate, treacherous and legendary organized crime network, Jojo Capone, is the man many rappers have come when situations thicken. He’s retrieved chains snatched from defrosted rappers (i.e. Young Buck). He’s stepped, in a Farrakhan-esque manner when rap beefs pop off (i.e. The Game vs. Young Thug). He’s also beefed out with rappers, who he feels got out of pocket with him (Jim Jones, Wale, Rick Ross). For years now, Mr. Capone has been a powerful influence behind-the-rap scenes, playing an instrumental role in the careers of rappers 2Chainz, Maino, Saigon, Tru Life, Bump J and Pistol Pete, even though he was blackballed at one point. Capone used the business acumen, acquired through dealings in the industry, to start Act Like It Ent,, releasing music with his Global Gangsters crew. While Capone already has the presence that most rappers would die for already, he started spitting, too, giving them competition on the mic as well.
We got a chance to sit down with Jojo Capone, to see what he’s up to, how he ascended to the status of “Hip-Hop’s Great Mediator,” and why Earth is his turf.
What was it like coming up for you in the streets of Chicago?
A hell of a learning experience from all angles of life.
How has organized crime impacted your life?
Honestly, it was a amazing task becoming a man and living life throughout the underground.
How did you get the point of being the person rappers go to when something goes wrong? How did rappers know to get in contact with you?
I’ve always took pride in being born in Chicago, but I was raised in NY, LA, Miami. So, the majority of them know me from the streets of their cities, and knew where I was from, so if they had to come to the “Belly of the Beast,” the Midwest, I’m the name that was always first on their minds.
How did you learn that mediation was the best way to handle problems?
From being knowledgeable of African mankind, knowing that the African was the first man of civilization and, therefore, we should love our brothers and sisters, instead of the learned genocide from the European world that impacted the world and birthed those to carry out the “Willie Lynch Theory.”
What does a rapper have to do to get on Jojo Capone’s bad side?
Disrespect in any form, but trust me that would be a terrible mistake.
I remember you implying that you were blackballed in the industry. Are you really blackballed? If so, how have you managed to gain so much influence?
I was to a degree, until I traced the roots of those that was trying to blackball me, and I got their minds right.
We’ve been seeing you with Birdman a lot recently. What is your relationship?
That’s family Blood relatives. Williams Boyz!
How has your experience in the music industry as a mediator helped with how you run Global Gangsters?
It gives them all a better outlook on life. Basically, think before you react.
What’s up next for Jojo Capone and the Global Gangsters?
I’ve actually been recording, becoming a well-rounded artist due to my knowledge of the game, so now I’m working on my project Talented Gangster, coming soon, but, to get a listen to how I’m coming, Passport Gang and Negative Press [are] on iTunes now.
Do you have any advice for young guys coming up in the streets and/or music industry?
Do their research on the industry before signing anything, and make music that they’re comfortable with to the best of their abilities. .